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n. pl. mi·ka·dos
An emperor of Japan.

[Japanese : mi-, honorific pref. + kado, gate.]
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n, pl -dos
(Historical Terms) (often capital) archaic the Japanese emperor. Compare tenno
[C18: from Japanese, from mi- honourable + kado gate]
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(mɪˈkɑ doʊ)

n., pl. -dos.
(sometimes cap.) a title of the emperor of Japan.
[1720–30; < Japanese]
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Noun1.mikado - the emperor of Japanmikado - the emperor of Japan; when regarded as a religious leader the emperor is called tenno
Japanese - the language (usually considered to be Altaic) spoken by the Japanese
emperor - the male ruler of an empire
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References in classic literature ?
It is situated in the bay of Yeddo, and at but a short distance from that second capital of the Japanese Empire, and the residence of the Tycoon, the civil Emperor, before the Mikado, the spiritual Emperor, absorbed his office in his own.
Priests were passing in processions, beating their dreary tambourines; police and custom-house officers with pointed hats encrusted with lac and carrying two sabres hung to their waists; soldiers, clad in blue cotton with white stripes, and bearing guns; the Mikado's guards, enveloped in silken doubles, hauberks and coats of mail; and numbers of military folk of all ranks--for the military profession is as much respected in Japan as it is despised in China--went hither and thither in groups and pairs.
Forty thousand were killed in the street-fighting of Tokio and in the futile assault on the Mikado's palace.
When the great Gichi-Kuktai was Mikado he condemned to
"Let him be brought before me," said the Mikado to an
advancing to the throne laid it humbly at the Mikado's feet.
It was in this war, too, that the Mikado's soldiers strung the costliest of all telephone lines, at 203 Metre Hill.
That sounds like `The Mikado.' And what about your new bridge-- in Canada, isn't it, and it's to be the longest one in the world and has some queer name I can't remember."
It was one of the later Savoy operas, and they spoke wistfully of the days of "Pinafore" and "Patience." One of them hummed a stave, and there was an argument as to whether the air was out of "Patience" or the "Mikado." They all got out at Surbiton, and I was alone with my triumph for a few intoxicating minutes.
Malcolm Halliday conducts, and the cast includes Jeff Black (Ko-Ko), Sean O'Donnell (Nanki-Poo), Thomas Dawkins (Pooh-Bah), Joshua Taylor (Pish-Tush), Dave Bonneau (The Mikado), Angeliki Theoharis (Katisha), Elaine Crane (Yum-Yum), Jacque Eileen Wilson (Pitti-Sing), and Andrea Pisani (Peep-Bo).
The Mikado (Theatre Royal, St Helens) March 10 until March 13, 7.30pm.
The deal will see songs from comic operas such as Pirates Of Penzance, The Mikado and HMS Pinafore receive a "fresh and uplifting" new recording, the label said.